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6:20 PM ET, September 21, 2006


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Sam Gustin / New York Post:
YOUTUBE'S GOT A FAT IDEA OF ITSELF  —  INTERNET upstart YouTube, the bane-du-jour of copyright holders everywhere, won't sell itself for anything less than $1.5 billion, The Post has learned.  —  But that number far exceeds the price top media execs appear willing to pay for a company many believe lacks a sustainable business model.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
YouTube's Magic Number - $1.5 Billion  —  I spoke with NYPost writer Sam Gustin for a few minutes last night as he was preparing an article on YouTube.  His article is now up - you can see it here.  The most interesting part of the conversation was when Sam told me that a source …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube Demands $1.5 Billion
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Washington Post:
HP CEO Allowed 'Sting' of Reporter  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. chief executive Mark V. Hurd approved an elaborate "sting" operation on a reporter in February in an attempt to plug leaks to the media, according to an e-mail message sent by HP Chairman Patricia C. Dunn.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
H. P. Investigators Sought Meeting With Top Leaders  —  Investigators at Hewlett-Packard sought a meeting last January with the chief executive and the chairwoman to describe internal efforts to trace news leaks and get their leaders' advice, according to e-mail exchanges between the investigators and a senior company lawyer.
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Microsoft Media Player shreds your rights  —  Comment No more backups, or Tivo  —  THINK DRM WAS bad already?  Think I was joking when I said the plan was to start with barely tolerable incursions on your rights, then turn the thumbscrews?  Welcome to Windows Media Player 11, and the rights get chipped away a lot more.
Backing up and restoring licenses  —  Windows Media Player 11 does not permit you to back up your media usage rights (previously known as licenses).  However, depending upon where your protected files came from, you might be able to restore your rights over the Internet.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
SocialText aims for wiki 2.0  —  Enterprise wiki vendor SocialText rolled out version 2.0 of its software this morning and made a couple of changes that are important for people beyond its existing customer base.  The changes include a drastic overhaul to the standard wiki interface …
Socialtext 2.0  —  Today I gave a keynote at Networld/Interop on Enterprise 2.0 alongside Andrew McAfee — and launched Socialtext 2.0 — the most simple to adopt, use and extend wiki.  Techcrunch has the details.  —  Two big changes come with Socialtext2.0.
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
Kevin Poulsen / 27B Stroke 6:
ATM Hack Uncovered  —  A security expert in New York has learned how to get free money from some ATMs by entering a special code sequence on the PIN pad.  —  Last week, news reports circulated about a cyber thief who strolled into a gas station in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and …
Discussion: Techdirt, TechBlog and digg
Dave G. / Matasano Chargen:
ATM Backdoor... Why is no one talking about this?
Discussion: Engadget and Privacy Digest
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
A look inside the Monitor110 research suite  —  I know what I want for Christmas.  It's going to be expensive, but Monitor110 is already making beta testers money.  It's a real time research suite tracking RSS, deep web, static web changes and many other sources with multiform alerts …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Home site Trulia taps into "intentions" to provide real-time info  —  Trulia, the San Francisco housing site start-up, has unveiled more data about where the buying action is: It harnesses the search input of its users, to show you where buyers are looking.  —  By giving your real-time indication …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   Trulia Expands, Gets Local
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype backer takes on ETrade with free trades  —  Morten Lund, the guy who was the earliest backers of Skype is at it again.  He has financed Zecco, a start-up that will allow consumers to trade stocks for zero commissions, versus $10 to $20 that many online brokers charge today.
Discussion: Net, Techdirt, VentureBeat and Frank Barnako
Kurt Eichenwald / New York Times:
Effort to Combat Child Pornography Would Close Web Sites  —  As part of the battle against the spread of child pornography on the Internet, an initiative has begun allowing for the shutdown or blocking of sites offering illicit images of minors, even in cases where no criminal investigation is being conducted.
Switch To A Mac:
Apple's Mac OS Market Share Rises 24 Percent Year Over Year  —  Several outlets this week have reported that Apple's market share is declining or has flattened out, especially when compared to December 2005 data.  At first glance it may appear so but there's more to the story and the data.
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
Lessons From the Facebook Riots  —  Earlier this month, the popular social networking site Facebook learned a hard lesson in privacy.  It introduced a new feature called "News Feeds" that shows an aggregation of everything members do on the site, such as added and deleted friends …
Discussion: Bokardo, I4U News and Emergic
Beckie Edwards / Consumerist:
Cingular's One-Way Contract  —  Beckie is a reader who started out with a cell phone from a small company that got bought by AT&T. As you well know, AT&T was bought by Cingular.  A few months later, Beckie received a letter from Cingular asking her to voluntarily discontinue her service …
Mike / CrunchNotes:
Side Effects of Anonymous Attack Blogging  —  So it turns out the guy who anonymously writes dead2.0, an occasionally insightful attack blog, has been identified.  He's a VP at a startup that we'd cover at TechCrunch and CrunchGear, and that I lean towards liking.
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Matthew Broersma / CNET
Europe's software patent war ignites again
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
MeeVee beefs up TV/IPTV search, saying there's too much clutter
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Stephanie.Quilao / Back in skinny jeans:
How to explain RSS the Oprah way
Business Wire:
Thomson and Skype Collaborate to Create New Ways for Skype Users …
Discussion: Engadget and 21talks
Tiago Gaspar /
DVD BurnAway compatible with memory cards
Discussion: Engadget, jkOnTheRun and OhGizmo!
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Disney chief talks up Apple's iTV media hub
Stephen Shankland / CNET
AMD chip socket makes room for others
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Will Yahoo's stock price kill acquisition of Facebook? Facebook IPO?
 Earlier Items: 
Larry Magid / New York Times:
Some Hot Recorders for Those Cool Podcasts
Discussion: TeleRead
Ryan Block / Engadget:
The old-iPod iPod dock
Discussion: Gizmodo and MethodShop
Luke Smith /
Gran Turismo HD: Two Versions, Tons Microtransactions
Discussion: Kotaku, Joystiq, Uninnovate and digg
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Micron announces 5 megapixel HD sensor for consumer cams
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
iTV: What you need to know  —  We answer questions …
Elizabeth Judge / Times of London:
Tiscali and AOL units targeted in broadband shake-up
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Microsoft Offers Paid Display Ad Upgrade to Free Classifieds